Bird’s Eye: Art used to be simple: there was painting, and there was sculpture. Here, there are installations, 3D printers, conceptual papercraft, selected Google Street Views, and participatory installations. What a treat lies ahead!
* The Naked World of Spencer Tunick In Focus – The Atlantic
For 20 years now, New York-based photographer Spencer Tunick has been creating human art installations all over the world, calling together volunteers by the hundreds or thousands, asking them to remove their clothes, and photographing them in massive groups. His philosophy is that “individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together, metamorphose into a new shape.” He aims to create an architecture of flesh, where the masses of human bodies blend with the landscape, or juxtapose with architecture. Collected here are images from several of his installations as they were being composed. Warning: The following photos all depict naked human bodies, and are not screened out. The nudity is central to Tunick’s art.
Chicago-based artist Joshua Harker’s awe-inspiring and intricately designed pieces are digitally sculpted, and then printed on Polyamide nylon using 3D printers.
* The Incredible Hand Crafted Art of Kyle Bean Twisted Sifter
Kyle Bean is an incredible young talent, specialising in hand crafted models, set design and art direction. Since graduating in 2009, Kyle has worked for a variety of international clients for a diverse range of projects including installations, window displays, editorial illustration and advertising.
Kyle’s work has been recognised by the prestigious Art Directors Club in New York and the International Design Biennial held throughout Europe. His work has been featured in a range of international art and design publications, praising him for both his conceptual thinking and craftsmanship. Kyle splits his time between working from his studio by the sea in Brighton and London where he often collaborates with photographers and directors. Kyle is represented by Blinkart.
What stands out most about Kyle’s work is his diverse range. While he has a clear gift for papercraft, the variety in materials used and the creativity in which he employs them is truly exceptional. Many of his pieces, especially those for magazine covers and editorials, are often cheeky, akin to visual puns.
* 25 Pictures of Life Captured by Google Street View Twisted Sifter
Rafman’s most popular project to date is undoubtedly, Nine Eyes of Google Street View. The project has been featured in various publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and Harper’s. You can see the entire collection on his website 9-eyes.com
The site name makes reference to the nine cameras mounted to the tops of Google cars that have been responsible for mapping the world. The nine cameras automatically capture whatever moves through their frame every 10-20 meters. In Rafman’s own words:
“The detached gaze of their cameras witness but do not act in history. Street View photography, artless and indifferent, without human intention, ascribes no particular significance to any event or person. Bereft of context, history or meaning, the only glue holding the Street View images together is geospatial contiguity. Such a perspective does not easily contain the sublime.”
* The 3D Art Exhibit that Lets You Interact with the Artwork Twisted Sifter
Currently running at the Hangzhou Peace International Exhibition and Conference Centre is the 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in China. The difference between this and most other exhibits is that visitors are encouraged to interact and become part of the artwork. It’s a fun experience, especially for children who get to touch, feel and play with the various artworks. It also makes for some great photo opportunities!